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The Family School’s Kevin Gary takes a shot in the lane as Livingston Manor’s Lee Sharshakov tries to block it during Thursday night’s OCIAA Division VI game. Gary is also trying to avoid Manor’s Troy Correa, who dove to the floor in an attempt to grab the basketball before Gary gained possession of it.

Manor boys, girls defeat Family School in basketball twinbill

By Rob Potter
HANCOCK — February 23, 2010 — The visiting Livingston Manor Wildcats and Lady Wildcats earned victories against the Family School Falcons and Lady Falcons on Thursday night in Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA) Division VI basketball games.
In the boys’ game, Manor overcame a four-point halftime deficit to record a 60-54 win. In the girls’ game, Manor held a 35-10 lead at the half and went on to a 62-16 victory.
Wildcats seal win in fourth quarter
Manor (5-10, 5-3 Div. VI) was down by five points twice in the fourth quarter, but rallied to defeat the Falcons.
With 3:18 remaining, Isaac Moore scored to give The Family School (2-14, 1-6 Div. VI) a 52-47 lead.
But in the next minute, Manor teammates Troy Correa and Ross Abbott made a 15-foot baseline jump shot and a basket in the lane, respectively, to bring their team within a point.
On a fast break with 1:53 to go, John Davis made a no-look, reverse layup to give the Wildcats a 53-52 lead.
The Family School’s J.T. Helmke swished a jump shot with 32 seconds on the clock to cut the Manor lead to 56-54.
But Correa made 4 of 4 free throws in the remaining time to ensure the Wildcats’ win.
Correa finished one assist shy of registering a triple-double as he had 16 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Abbott, who made five 3-point shots, finished with 18 points and Brandon Smith added 13 points for the Wildcats.
“We played very well the last three minutes of the fourth quarter,” Manor Coach Charlie Hicks said. “We hit our free throws when needed to.”
Manor went 13 of 18 (72 percent) at the free throw line in the game.
“The Family School is a quality team and they played hard,” Hicks said.
Hicks also praised his players, especially Davis.
“John Davis gave us some solid minutes tonight,” Hicks said. “He played great defense and made the go-ahead basket with that no-look, reverse layup.”
Moore and Kevin Gary both scored in double digits to pace the Falcons’ offense. Moore netted a game-high 21 points and Gary had 14 points.
Adam Singleton added six points for The Family School.
“It was a great game,” Family School Coach Ted Towsley said. “Our guys came to play. I thought we did a great job in the first half.
“In the second half, Manor played a little bit better,” Towsley added. “Charlie [Hicks] does a very good job of coaching them and they play great.”
Lady Wildcats record a win
Manor gradually extended its lead in the second, third and fourth quarters on its way to the victory.
Manor improved its record to 12-5 overall and 6-2 in Div. VI.
“It was close in the first quarter,” Manor Coach Kevin Clifford said. “Then we were able to make some steals to score baskets. Our defense produced our offense.”
Junior guards Marissa Diescher and Angela Zayas led the Lady Wildcats’ offense. Diescher scored a game-high 29 points and Zayas recorded 10 points.
Victoria Davis and Sabrina Hinkley added eight points and six points, respectively, for Manor.
Sarah Vevante scored 12 points to lead The Family School (1-16, 0-7 Div. VI.)

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